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WESTWORLD

Are there any fans here on the +? I've binge watched both seasons this weekend, and I've been endlessly fascinated by the issue of control, and especially of privacy. We've been all over the map this season, getting more into the "why's" and I am really curious to see how this finale ties things together. But I'm pretty sure a whole bunch of questions will still be left to answer, though. That's WESTWORLD for you, lol.

Any true fans here?

#westworld #scifi #tv #mystery #tech
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I had a interesting week of vacation. +Halfdan Reschat stayed with me here in Reno, and we got out and saw Virginia City, Truckee, and Lake Tahoe a few times. We talked briefly about Google+ and he made me think again about so many great times and people here. I miss our old days on G+ very much.

I've been in exile on the Plus since my buddy Andrew Coffman killed himself last Christmas Eve. I simply couldn't find joy in hanging in this Google

world, as the memories were too fresh, especially with my Friday Night Sessions involvement.

But I am back. And I'm ready to rumble again!

So, out of curiosity, who's still here??? Weigh in with your city and country and let's see who is still avidly using this UI.

Hello again, world!

(Picture I took of Lake Tahoe, early morning, after hiking to the top of a lookout.)


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GOAL SETTING for 2018.

Obviously, these five responses can't cover everything, but they do cover a lot. Thinking of 2018 -- what would you most like to focus on this year? You can choose a macro category, then expand your thoughts with a comment.

1. Wealthier, more prosperous. This year I want to concentrate on becoming more prosperous, which will give me greater peace of mind at home with my family, and will allow me to have good times with my friends. This might be a better paying job, taking a different job that will lead to greater opportunities etc.


2. Healthier & wiser. This year is all about becoming healthier with my body and mind. I want to focus on me, trying to achieve more wisdom, trying to make better choices, and ultimately I'm striving to become all-around stronger. That in turn will allow me to focus on my family, career, relationships, life.


3. More generous & giving of myself. This year I want more community involvement, in whatever communities I'm in, IRL or online. I want to work on giving more of myself with my time and responses, and in how I work with other people, including my friends and family.


4. More open to change & new things. This year I want to open myself up to changes, maybe big changes. Maybe life-altering changes. I want to be more open and transparent, and I want to really dive into the 21st century. I want to explore more of this world, and I really want to try and experience "the new," in whatever area that may be.


5. I feel like I'm there. I'm very content. I'm actually not avidly working on those other things (or have finished working on them) and I'm rather content at the moment. Like a cat basking in the hot sunlight. I'm good all the way around.
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Healthier & wiser
More generous & giving of myself
More open to change & new things
I feel like I'm there. I'm very content.
14%
Wealthier, more prosperous
36%
Healthier & wiser
16%
More generous & giving of myself
18%
More open to change & new things
16%
I feel like I'm there. I'm very content.
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It's 4am and all I'm thinking about is my friend taking his life, and how i wish I could have been more of a comfort. Did I not see the signs? Did he reach out and I didn't hear? So many thoughts running through my mind. And now the funeral coming up. All I want to say to you all is...

Don't give up.

Please, whatever dark thoughts are conquering your mind, if you're thinking of ending things, reach out to ME. I'll answer the phone or text back. I dont want anyone to go through this hurt. You can email/call/text/post 24/7 and I'll be there for you, I promise.

DONT GIVE UP!!
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I'm so getting into this new Netflix series, "The Toys That Made Us." It's part of my past, and it's helping take my mind off things. Very cool!

Premiering Friday on Netflix, with the latter half airing in 2018, "The Toys That Made Us" is an eight-part documentary that explores the origins of the most popular toys in history: Star Wars, Barbie, G.I. Joe, Lego, Transformers, He-Man, Hello Kitty, and Star Trek, as well as the collective worldwide impact all that plastic had on the popular imagination. Each episode singularly focuses on a toy franchise.

As a rabid collector, history buff, and veteran TV producer, Volk-Weiss was meant to make The Toys That Made Us. “So much of who we are is influenced by our childhoods,” he says. “Maybe two billion of us played with at least one of the eight lines we’re covering in the show.”

Then, without a pause for irony, he says: “There are 800 books about Vietnam, 5,000 about World War II, but not a single series about the G.I. Joe figures?”

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I am in utter and complete shock. I just got a message from Becky Coffman. My best friend on +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS​, Andrew Coffman, killed himself last night.

I'll keep the details private, but for all of us at FNS, this is a deep pain that will stay with us for a long, long time. I stayed with Drew and his family in his home about this time last year, and all the images in my head of that trip will stay with me forever. I have nothing but love for Becky and the kids, and I'm finding this difficult to process on Christmas Eve.

Whomever you love, tell them that every single day. Life can be short. Love you, Drew, and I hope wherever you are now, you find some happiness my friend...
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HOLIDAY TRAVELLING

With Christmas and the holiday season almost upon us, here are two questions:

1. How far are you traveling for the holidays, if at all?

2. Where in the world will you be spending the holidays?


As always, let's see how many places on the world map we can cover!

Travel Distances

1. Zero to 100 miles (0 to 160 km)

2. 101- 250 miles (162 to 400 km )

3. 251- 500 miles ( 402 to 804 km)

4. 501- 1000 miles ( 806 to 1610 km )

5. More than 1000 miles! (1612+ km! )
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101 to 250 Miles
251 to 500 Miles
501 to 1000 Miles
More than 1000 Miles!
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Zero to 100 Miles
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101 to 250 Miles
8%
251 to 500 Miles
4%
501 to 1000 Miles
9%
More than 1000 Miles!
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A +Secret Santa​ gift arrived in the mail. Very cool, and so completely functional for the Zombie Apocalypse. It's the Lifestraw, and it will allow me to drink any water when I'm camping or hiking. There are no chemicals or moving parts involved in the filtering process that expire, so I'm set for the future.

Thanks to my anonymous gifter. This rocks! Lifestraw will filter 1,000 liters, so it's made to last!

#santagift #secretsanta #christmas2017
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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!

An easy poll for you, if you know your spending habits in advance. For Christmas, how much will you be spending this year compared to last year? Not scientific, just a guess as to what most people are doing this year. Guessimate if you haven't started shopping yet, or you're one that waits until the last minute, lol :-)

#christmas #christmas2017 #christmasshopping #shopping
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Less than last year
Way more than last year!
Way less than last year
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About the same
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More than last year
27%
Less than last year
6%
Way more than last year!
16%
Way less than last year
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Honestly, I could watch Bill Murray read the phone book for an hour, and he'd still figure out a way to crack us up. Love this wacky, crazy man!

Sofia Coppola Talks About Getting Into the Spirit of "A Very Murray Christmas."

For me, the idea for the special all started from talking to Bill Murray about how I wanted him to do a week at the Carlyle singing old standards. I love seeing him in a tuxedo. He and Mitch [Glazer, the writer-producer] were talking about doing something for TV and wanted to talk to me about that. We were having drinks one night, and somehow the idea came together. What I like to have Bill indulge for my own pleasure and amusement — that’s what other people like to see from Bill, too. I always enjoy seeing him in distress and then getting out of it.

So the idea of putting him in a situation in the special where he’s having the worst Christmas, and then it all turns around, was something we responded to because there is so much expectation around that time of year and it’s easy to be disappointed. I do think the holidays have a sort of nostalgic melancholy and joyfulness to them, and Bill is so good with showing both those qualities. There’s that melancholy moment after all the presents are unwrapped.

The Carlyle is one of those classic, iconic New York places that fit the tone of what we were going for. There’s something romantic about uptown New York at Christmastime, like when you go and see the windows of Bergdorf or going to Bemelmans for a cocktail around that time of year. Maybe it’s because I don’t live there — I live in New York but downtown, and I grew up in Napa. My dad was into Christmas. I remember when I was 8, we spent Christmas in Tokyo and my mom carried this Santa suit in a suitcase all the way over there because she thought it was the last year that I would believe in Santa. And my dad put it on, but I was so jet-lagged that they couldn’t wake me up on Christmas. They always made magic of the holidays.

#billmurray #christmas #comedy #music #standards
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